Colts’ Tony Dungy Comes to Moss’ Defense
Colts’ Dungy comes to Moss’ defense (FOX Sports)
Randy Moss bought himself another week under the microscope by pretending to pull down his pants and moon the crowd following a late touchdown catch in Sunday’s 31-17 wild-card win over the Packers. But while fans and commentators raged about the inappropriateness of Moss’ act, Colts coach Tony Dungy came to Moss’ defense. While appearing on Fox Sports Radio’s Morning Extravaganza with Van Earl Wright, Dungy said he could understand what might have prompted Moss’ actions. “I will say one thing about Moss … probably no one in the country can appreciate what is behind that,” Dungy said. “What happens Ã¢€” and if you play in that division, which I did for a long time, you know Ã¢€” when you leave the parking lot in Green Bay that’s kind of a tradition their fans have. They stand next to the fence as the buses go out and they moon the buses.
“Randy has had about six or seven years of those guys mooning him as he’s left after a loss and I think that was his way of saying, ‘OK, appreciate the fun, you guys had your fun, here’s a little shout back at you.’ That’s what that was all about.”
I heard this on former Georgetown coach John Thompson’s show driving home this afternoon but hadn’t found a link before now. This does put the Moss incident into a different context. While a fine is still warranted, given NFL rules, I don’t believe a suspension would be warranted under these circumstances.